Meals on Wheels for pets accepting food donations for the holiday season

YAKIMA, Wash. - Yakima's Meals On Wheels program is well-known for feeding senior citizens in need of a hot meal, but one of its lesser known services feeds those seniors' pets, as well as the people themselves. 

This month, the Old Mill Country Store — 1504 S. 36th Ave. in Yakima — is asking people to donate pet food to the program, either by dropping it off at their store or buying and donating it there.

When faced with the choice, store veterinarian Casey Kellar says some seniors may choose to go without food or medication to feed their beloved pets.

Kellar says they want to give to the program so that no senior has to make that choice. 

"A lot of people who can't afford it or can't get out themselves will go without just so their pets [don't have to,]" Kellar said. "We're kind of helping to fill that void."

Donations will be accepted now through the end of the month at the Old Mill Country Store, which is open Monday through Saturday. Kellar said the greatest need is food for cats and small dogs. 

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